Arun Gandhi will speak at Youth Leadership Summit Sunday


Updated 6 am, Sunday

Due to weather conditions the event has been moved from the Martha’s Vineyard Museum to 225 State Road, Chilmark (first right driveway after Clam Point Cove sign).

On Sunday, Arun Gandhi, author, peace activist, and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will be the featured speaker for the Gandhi Youth Forum, from 5 to 6 pm 225 State Road, Chilmark, in conjunction with the 11th annual Youth Leadership Summit.

Mr. Gandhi will speak about his own pacifist efforts as he shares the wisdom imparted to him by his grandfather, a legendary pacifist who led India to independence from the British.

The event is sponsored by the Stone Soup Leadership Institute. After a career in journalism in India, Mr. Gandhi moved to the United States, and in 1991 founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, presently located in Rochester, N.Y. The institute seeks to promote nonviolence education, environmental conservation, and racial justice through a variety of educational programs and community-building efforts within Rochester, according to the Institute website.

Mr. Gandhi is also the author of several books, including Gandhi: Legacy of Love, and has received numerous awards for his humanitarian efforts.

Viviana Guzmán, a Grammy-nominated flutist who has performed as a soloist with more than 100 orchestras around the world, will appear with Mr. Gandhi.

Dukes County Commissioner Gretchen Underwood of Oak Bluffs, and Isabella Hazell El-Deiry of Vineyard Haven, a Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative alumna, will host the exchange.

The forum is open to the public. Tickets are $25. A reception will follow the lecture. Children ages 12–18 may attend free. RSVP at

For more information, contact the Stone Soup Leadership Institute at 508-627-2122.